General Motors are ready to offer a great helping hand to the American electric vehicle industry by opening a new battery pack plant in Michigan – the nation’s first such plant operated by an American automobile company. The plant is located in Brownstown Township, and will assemble batteries for the Chevrolet Volt.
The opening date, January 7, has a symbolic meaning to it – three years ago on this date, Chevrolet announced the Volt. Steven Chu, Energy Secretary, and the Governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm, as well as General Motors’s Chairman, Ed Whitacre, will be at the opening.
In the plant, cells from LG Chem’s Compact Power will be used, but the assembly itself will be done in Michigan. Each battery pack will have around 220 cells and will cost around $8000.
This will most certainly not be the last such announcement, and in fact, many people believe that a lot of EV battery plants will be opened in the country soon – which can only mean a great, green future for the country.
[ Via Yahoo! Green ]